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    Critique my Winter bike thought...

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/urban/pdx/pdx/

    Brakes are junk, but I have a set of Select Disc rims, and would upgrade the brakes to BB7's...

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    It looks like a nice platform - is there enough room in there for bigger tires? 35's, 45's???

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    Throw some winter studs on that thing and you'd be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    It looks like a nice platform - is there enough room in there for bigger tires? 35's, 45's???
    It's essentially a disc FX, so yes..

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    I looked at that bike with interest when it was released for 2010. I like the fact that it is supposed to be a "disc FX". The thing that kills the idea for me is the Alpha White aluminum...Trek's lowest-end. The Valencia is Alpha Black AL so should be quite a bit lighter. And the geometry is very FX-like as well (you just need to change the stem and handlebars and you're virtually there). I guess I'll hold my judgement on the PDX until I actually see one (as of now none in stock around me), but my guess is the low-end frame may make it very heavy.

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    Looks like a nice bike! Go for it man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyA View Post
    I looked at that bike with interest when it was released for 2010. I like the fact that it is supposed to be a "disc FX". The thing that kills the idea for me is the Alpha White aluminum...Trek's lowest-end. The Valencia is Alpha Black AL so should be quite a bit lighter. And the geometry is very FX-like as well (you just need to change the stem and handlebars and you're virtually there). I guess I'll hold my judgement on the PDX until I actually see one (as of now none in stock around me), but my guess is the low-end frame may make it very heavy.
    I've seen, touched and ridden a Valencia. Problem I had with it is that the wheels are beasts, and I'm an "in between" size and the 20" was too big and the 17" too small. And it was *far* from light.

    The Alpha white doesn't bother me, the older 7.2 was also and you don't see people complaining, they're heavier but definitely durable.. Hey, it's a winter bike, my Fuji Cross Pro is still my first choice ride!

    I pulled the trigger on it, I'll get it on the scale when it comes in, supposed to be here Friday or early next week.

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    Hey, if the bike doesn't fit, it isn't the right bike.

    I bought a Valencia to use as a commuter and I agree that the wheels are sh*t. I plan to ride them for the winter then buy a set of nicer wheels for the summer commute.

    The weight of my Valencia, btw is ~26lbs, which includes a rack and full-cover fenders. I should note I replaced all of the drivetrain components, stem and handlebars with the stock ones from my 7.5 FX, so that might make it a little lighter...probably cancels out the effect of the rack and fenders. I don't know how much the wheels weigh but my guess is a lot.

    In any case it isn't light, but for a commuter I wouldn't consider it a beast. My 2003 Cannondale Adventure 400 was ~39lbs with rack and full fenders!!

    This is the first year I plan to extend my commute to the winter months...hopefully the Valencia will deliver...

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